Pentax K-500 vs Samsung NX500

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Pentax K-500
Samsung NX500

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Vastly bigger optical zoom Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.34x optical zoom digital camera. That's 0.34x bigger than the Samsung NX500 (unknownx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 38 smaller than the Samsung NX500 (unknown).
83mm longer maximum focal length Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a maximum focal length of 83mm, whereas the Samsung NX500 is only a unknownmm maximum focal length digital camera (83mm shorter).
50% higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 25,600 higher than the Samsung NX500 (25,600).
60fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 60fps higher than the Samsung NX500 (unknownfps).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.92x higher than the Samsung NX500 (unknownx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Higher maximum playback zoom Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16x maximum playback zoom digital camera. That's 16x higher than the Samsung NX500 (unknownx).
17 Reasons For
11.92MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a megapixel count of 28.2MP, however the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (11.92MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

14.21MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a total megapixel count of 30.7MP, whereas the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (14.21MP less).
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a vari-angle LCD display, however the Pentax K-500 does not.
Touch sensitive screen Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a touch sensitive screen, but the Pentax K-500 does not have a touch sensitive screen.
115,000 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a display resolution of 1,036,000 pixels, whereas the Pentax K-500 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (115,000 pixels lower).
HDMI port Edit
The Samsung NX500 has an HDMI port, whereas the Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 285g digital camera. That's 305g lighter than the Pentax K-500 (285g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Significantly shorter Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 63.5mm tall digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera (33mm taller).
Vastly thinner Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a depth of 43.2mm, however the Pentax K-500 is a 70mm deep digital camera (26.8mm thicker).
9.6mm narrower Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a width of 119.4mm, however the Pentax K-500 is a 129mm wide digital camera (9.6mm wider).
Significantly lighter lens weight Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 111g lens weight digital camera. That's 114g lighter than the Pentax K-500 (111g).
Shorter lens length Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a lens length of 31mm, however the Pentax K-500 is a 67.5mm lens length digital camera (36.5mm longer).
Smaller lens diameter Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 64.8mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 3.2mm smaller than the Pentax K-500 (64.8mm).
WiFi connectivity Edit
The Samsung NX500 supports WiFi connectivity, but the Pentax K-500 does not. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Bluetooth Edit
The Samsung NX500 features Bluetooth, whereas the Pentax K-500 does not.
£74 cheaper
The Samsung NX500 costs £356.00, whereas the Pentax K-500 is £429.99.
Available from 2 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

18 Reasons Against
74% lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 11.92MP lower than the Samsung NX500 (28.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

87% less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 14.21MP less than the Samsung NX500 (30.7MP).
Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, but the Samsung NX500 has a vari-angle LCD display.
Does not have a touch sensitive screen Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Samsung NX500 has a touch sensitive screen.
115,000 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 115,000 pixels lower than the Samsung NX500 (1,036,000 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI port, however the Samsung NX500 does. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Significantly heavier Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a weight of 590g, whereas the Samsung NX500 is a 285g digital camera (305g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera. That's 33mm taller than the Samsung NX500 (63.5mm).
Thicker Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a depth of 70mm. That's 26.8mm thicker than the Samsung NX500 (43.2mm).
8% wider Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a width of 129mm. That's 9.6mm wider than the Samsung NX500 (119.4mm).
Significantly heavier lens weight Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a lens weight of 225g, whereas the Samsung NX500 is a 111g lens weight digital camera (114g lighter).
Longer lens length Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 67.5mm lens length digital camera. That's 36.5mm longer than the Samsung NX500 (31mm).
3.2mm bigger lens diameter Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a lens diameter of 68mm, but the Samsung NX500 is a 64.8mm lens diameter digital camera (3.2mm smaller).
Does not support WiFi connectivity Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not support WiFi connectivity, whereas the Samsung NX500 supports WiFi connectivity. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Does not feature Bluetooth Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not feature Bluetooth, however the Samsung NX500 features Bluetooth.
More expensive by £74
The Pentax K-500 is £73.99 more expensive than the Samsung NX500.
Not as many stockists
The Pentax K-500 is only stocked by 2 sellers, however the Samsung NX500 is stocked by 4 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by over one year
The Pentax K-500 is 20 months older than the Samsung NX500.
1 Reason Against
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, but the Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.28MP 28.2MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6480 x 4320
 6480 x 4320
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Total Megapixel Count
16.49MP 30.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 3:2
 1:1
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
0.34x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
38 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
83mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
27mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
18 - 55 16 - 50
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
12/9 9/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Samsung NX
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Samsung NX
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm 43mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
BEST
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.35m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 Auto
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200
BEST
25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)
BEST
 ±1EV (1/2 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 H.265
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 H.265
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 Super AMOLED
 Super AMOLED
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
BEST
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 1,036,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.92x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
BEST
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Muted
 Neutral
 Calm
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Calm
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,30
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data DRIMe V
Diopter Adjustment
-2.5 - 1.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
590g 285g
BEST
Height
96.5mm 63.5mm
BEST
Depth
70mm 43.2mm
BEST
Width
129mm 119.4mm
BEST
Lens Weight
225g 111g
BEST
Lens Length
67.5mm 31mm
BEST
Lens Diameter
68mm 64.8mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
650g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
D-LI109 BP1130
Shot Per Battery Charge
480 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 - 85
Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Mac operating system
Windows Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating system

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE ILauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
BEST
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
BEST

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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